chastens us and makes us remember. We are like the child who tries to pick up
fire and is unlikely to do it again, once she has seen the consequences. With
material things, seeing is easy; but when it comes to picking up the fires of
greed, aversion, and delusion, most of us arent even aware were holding fires at
all. On the contrary, we misguidedly believe them to be lovable and desirable,
and so we are never chastened. We never learn our lesson.
Buddhadhasa Bhikku, "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree"